A colossal Heat wave has hit Miami (and we’re not talking temperatures). Die-hard fans of the Miami Heat are donning LeBron jerseys and preparing to watch their home team dominate the Chicago Bulls. We’ve compiled a list of the best venues in which to watch the Eastern Conference finals.
The American Airlines Arena
What better place to watch Dwyane Wade dunk a ball than at the game itself? Fans will trek to the American Airlines Arena to watch the Heat take on the Bulls tonight. There’s nothing like being surrounded by thousands of fellow game-goers cheering on their home team. Purchase your playoff tickets now so you can smell the blood, sweat, and tears of world-renowned athletes. (Well, hopefully not blood, and preferably only the tears of Chicago players and fans.)
The Clevelander Hotel
The Clevelander Hotel on South Beach claims to be “the next best experience to watching the game live in person,” and we at Haute Living agree. The Game On Sports Bar boasts 30 HD flat-screens and a 30-foot long bar where patrons can enjoy $5 Coors Light. Fans can expect a raucous and entertaining crowd brimming with Heat buffs and tourists alike. If you’re looking for a quiet place to watch the game, this isn’t the place for you. But if your goal is socializing with friends and fellow enthusiasts, the Clevelander is an excellent venue to watch the game.
With a mind-blowing list of over 150 beers on draft and a ridiculously extensive menu, Yard House is the perfect place for Heat fans to sip on a cold brew and enjoy a scrumptious meal (you’ll find selections ranging from fusion sushi and a wide vegetarian section to truffle fries and the restaurant’s renowned Mac & Cheese). Watch the game on one of Yard House’s multiple HD flat screens and cheer on your favorite team with a wide assortment of patrons. Our suggestion: arrive early as both the restaurant and bar are packed before you can say “White Hot Heat!”
Burger & Beer Joint
Dig into a delectable signature burger while watching Miami thrash Chicago at one of Burger & Beer Joint’s two restaurants, with locations in Brickell and South Beach. This popular restaurant and bar is ideal for taking in the Heat game while enjoying a fabulous meal and an ice-cold beer (with 99 offerings, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect beer to accompany your burger and crispy sweet potato fries). Don’t let the casual, down-home feel fool you—the food is high quality, and even though you can draw on the tablecloth with complimentary crayons, you’ll find not only classic cheeseburgers, but ahi steak and foie gras burgers.
For those who wish to root for the Heat while enjoying a gourmet steak dinner, look no further than Prime 112. The steakhouse’s reputation as a trendy Miami hotspot draws quite a crowd, and is known to be a fantastic people-watching locale. But Prime 112 also provides a first-rate game-viewing experience with flat screen TVs and energetic, outgoing customers. Miami fans are sure to find numerous comrades to help celebrate the Heat’s upcoming games.